Lake Island was the star during the third session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training. The Songandaprayer
colt brought the highest price of $460,000 Thursday in Central Florida and also became the most expensive horse sold at the auction so far.
Zayat Stables, owned by Egyptian brewing mogul Ahmed Zayat, purchased Lake Island from Eisaman Equine, agent. The bay colt had the fastest quarter-mile work for the sale, covering the distance in :20 4/5.
Lake Island is out of the 16-year-old winning Meadowlake
mare Island Lake. He is a half-brother to seven winners. The colt's second dam, Tavara (by Avatar), was a three-time winner and finished second in the 1983 Pleasanton Senorita Handicap. She produced Zenvar (by Zen), who was second in the 1991 editions of the Illinios Stallion Stakes and the Illinois Stallion Trial Stakes.
M. G. G. Holdings bred Lake Island in Florida. The colt had not been offered previously at auction.
In all, 186 horses were sold Thursday, and they grossed $6,543,100, which was up 18.6% from last year's comparable figure of $5,515,000. Their average price was $35,178, an increase of 25.0% from the average of $28,138 for the 196 horses sold in 2005.
Through three sessions, 578 horses have been sold for a gross of $19,941,900 and an average of $34,502. Last year, 608 horses were sold for a gross of $17,595,600 and an average of $28,940.
The OBS sale's fourth and final session is scheduled for Friday, beginning at 10:30 a.m. (EDT).